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Dog Behavior Problems Associated With Parasitic Disease 

Many dog owners are not aware of the link between the problems of  dog behavior and infections. A parasite infection such as roundworm infestation is a condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.  It is important that a young dog is dewormed as well as vaccinated against distemper and hepatitis. 

Most dog health problems related to internal parasitism involve owners who do not know about the adverse effects of digestive malfunction, but still expect a young dog to control his loose stools and be able to housetrain successfully, whilst also learning all the more complicated dog training exercises to become an ideal household pet.

There are a number of dog behavior diseases which can affect your dog health dramatically. Some of these  problem behaviors in dogs are a result of an infection from parasite.  These include internal parasites such as flea infestation, ear mites, and Hypermetria.

When the puppy does not respond well to the training, the owner sometimes reacts by isolating, punishing or rejecting the pet socially.  The resulting confusion and mismanagement of the pet often produce a wide spectrum of behavioral maladjustments.

The following problems are often shown in dogs with internal parasites: Chewing; Digging; Barking; Whining; Unruliness (due to being isolated as punishment); and
Stool eating which is possibly due to a fecal fixation resulting from excessive punishment associated with stools.
Flea infestation has led to rejection by some dog owners.  Most of them will only try to get rid of fleas on the dog.  They buy a flea collar or flea spray, but usually do nothing about the fleas infesting the dog's regular sleeping and resting areas.  The result of this is that the dog continues to be infested and is eventually moved to the yard.  The problems associated with such social isolation then may evolve.

Ear mite infestation led to isolation-based problems involving destructive chewing.  Often, the dog’s constant scratching drives his owner crazy and will eventually result from the dog being shut away.  Some dog owners neglect the rather obvious ear odor commonly associated with ear mites, and refuse to handle the behavioral problem until the ear problem clears up.  Consult your vet when you notice a foul odor coming from your dog’s ear.  Your vet will prescribe treatment for the scratching problem which in turn will lead to subsequent behavioral corrections.

It is amazing that most animals displaying signs of hypermetria had histories of heavy roundworm or tapeworm infections as puppies.  In cases of Hypermetria, the dogs tend to bump into objects, usually submerge their noses when drinking, and display an exaggerated fore-throw of the front limbs when walking.  Some cases of dogs suffering from this condition are abnormally hostile and seemed to be devoid of long-term memory.  These dogs had to be re-taught simple lessons every day.


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